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Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen: Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen: Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen: Harry Potter 1 by J.K. Rowling, Felix von Manteuffel, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 1311 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
The Call of the Cthulhu
The Call of the Cthulhu
The Call of the Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
Wednesday Night Supper Club
Wednesday Night Supper Club
Wednesday Night Supper Club by Stewart Brewer. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Die großen Klassiker der englischen Literatur (40+ Titel in einem Buch): Das Herz der Finsternis, Moby-Dick, Sturmhöhe, Sherlock Holmes, Stolz und Vorurteil, ... Robinson Crusoe, Walden... (German Edition)
Die großen Klassiker der englischen Literatur (40+ Titel in einem Buch): Das Herz der Finsternis, Moby-Dick, Sturmhöhe, Sherlock Holmes, Stolz und Vorurteil, ... Robinson Crusoe, Walden... (German Edition)
Die großen Klassiker der englischen Literatur (40+ Titel in einem Buch): Das Herz der Finsternis, Moby-Dick, Sturmhöhe, Sherlock Holmes, Stolz und Vorurteil, ... Robinson Crusoe, Walden... (German Edition) by Charles Dickens , Jane Austen, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
El Rey de Los Pleitos [The King of Torts]
El Rey de Los Pleitos [The King of Torts]
El Rey de Los Pleitos [The King of Torts] by John Grisham, Karl Hoffmann, et al.. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 49 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
O Rei das Fraudes (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Rei das Fraudes (Em Portugues do Brasil)
O Rei das Fraudes (Em Portugues do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
It's the Manager
It's the Manager
It's the Manager by Jim Clifton, Jim Harter, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 180 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Java Module System
The Java Module System
The Java Module System by Nicolai Parlog. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Course Ilt Java Programming
Course Ilt Java Programming
Course Ilt Java Programming by Course Technology. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Python Data Science: Learn Python in a Week and Master It. An Hands-On Introduction to Big Data Analysis and Mining, a Project-Based Guide with Practical Exercises (7 Days Crash Course, Book 3)
Python Data Science: Learn Python in a Week and Master It. An Hands-On Introduction to Big Data Analysis and Mining, a Project-Based Guide with Practical Exercises (7 Days Crash Course, Book 3)
Python Data Science: Learn Python in a Week and Master It. An Hands-On Introduction to Big Data Analysis and Mining, a Project-Based Guide with Practical Exercises (7 Days Crash Course, Book 3) by Computer Programming Academy. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
PHP Functions Essential Reference
PHP Functions Essential Reference
PHP Functions Essential Reference by Torben Wilson, Zak Greant, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 20 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL Performance Tuning
SQL Performance Tuning
SQL Performance Tuning by Peter Gulutzan and Trudy Pelzer. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
SQL Server Database Technology
SQL Server Database Technology
SQL Server Database Technology by ZHANG PU SHENG. HE SHENG BIAN ZHU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset
I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset by Esther P Cordova and Maima Adiputri. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 201 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Reactive Design Patterns
Reactive Design Patterns
Reactive Design Patterns by Dr. Roland Kuhn, Brian Hanafee, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Poet's Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide for Publishing Poetry
Poet's Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide for Publishing Poetry
Yes, there' are the typos, which others have pointed out. I could overlook that.

But the book is simply out of date and obsolete. The submission periods for various publications, for example, reference 2018, 2019...garbage. Absolutely useless. Some of these publications, for all the editors (and thus the readers) know, might not even exist anymore. No one seems to have bothered to check.

If you were looking for an obsolete, out of date list of the submission periods of various journals from four years ago, a simple Google search will turn up many a 2012 blog post with just that, for free. So what's expert or marketable about this expensive compilation of old dates?

The most personally disappointing instance of this, for me, was a listing for a competitive, free workshop in my area which looked appealing and exciting and, upon googling, turns out to have been dead for the last five years. WHY would this be in there? Could it be that no one on their team of editors has thought to check the status of this workshop through YEARS of publication of this guide?

The only redeeming quality of this book is its general advice to poets about how to be organized and approach submission (and rejection). It's good, pragmatic advice. But that's not why you're purchasing the book, is it? You're looking for a MARKET GUIDE to poetry...don't look here.
Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools
Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America's Public Schools
Diane Ravitch’s book is a powerful weapon describing the fight between David, representing the resistors—the advocates of public schools, and the corporate Goliath, the disruptors—advocates of privatized education. I’ve learned a lot from this beautifully written and engaging discussion about the rise and fall of the disruptors and hopeful victory of the resistors. But I missed a satisfactory explanation of the underlying cause of this struggle.

In telling this story Diane Ravitch rightly points out: 1) that the root cause of low performing schools is poverty, and 2) unlike the earlier rich who wanted to reform and improve the public schools, the new wealthy disruptors (Goliaths) don’t trust the public sector which includes “government schools” and they don’t trust local control, so they use philanthropy and the promotion of charter schools as devices to control under the guise of helping and 3) for the disruptors profits are more important than students.

In addition to the above three points Ravitch poses, what I believe the central question of the book on page 140 “Why were the billionaires so eager to open charter schools whose results were not different from those of public schools and for which there was very little demand? Why not put their millions into fighting for better funding for public schools, where the vast majority of students are?” but she never really answers her question. Instead, she left me with inciteful stories of the fight between David and Goliath. I was hoping for an answer that also pointed to the underlying cause of the battle—the economy.

What’s missing in this analysis is the sinister C-word (capitalism) the privatizing, isolating, profit-maximizing engine and creator of vast inequality that sets the stage for the battle between Goliath and David. We need a chapter on the relationship between capitalism and public education. Despite the excellent stories “Slaying Goliath” in uncritically accepting capitalism as the norm will only propose reforms that will eventually fail as did the new deal.

By approaching problems with schooling through an analysis of capitalism resistors will be able to act more effectively in their battle with Goliath, for they will see: 1) where poverty comes from (the class struggle and growing inequality) and 2) how Goliath, in his frenzy for profit and growth considers schooling to be a training ground for compliant workers and consumers 3) why Goliath has grown so powerful and can influence education, the economy, and government through lobbying and control of the media.
Steve Jobs [French Version]
Steve Jobs [French Version]
C'est un livre étonnant, un livre de près de 900 pages où l'on a une description d'un PDG hors norme.

A qui s'adresse ce livre? A tout le monde. Car l'auteur ne parle que très peu d'informatique finalement. C'est plutôt un portrait sans concession pour donner un goût de vérité sur la vie d'un des plus grand patrons qui n'ai jamais existé.

Qu'apprend-on vraiment ?
Steve Jobs était un homme avant tout très dur et direct avec ses collaborateurs. Avec une vision binaire du monde. Soit l'on était nul à ses yeux ou au contraire un génie. La vue dichotomique par excellence.

Son génie n'était pas d'inventer lui même un nouvel objet mais de prendre le meilleur de la technologie environnante. De piller les techniques, les inventions pour en faire un objet dédié à l'utilisateur. Maître du design, il voulait des lignes pure et une finesse visuelle.

Le plus surprenant c'est l'analyse psychologique de Jobs :
Steve Jobs était intraitable, il disait toujours ce qu'il pensait même les choses les plus désagréables pour un seul objectif : arriver à l'excellence. Sa femme le dit clairement p.435, Jobs avait selon-elle un trouble de la personnalité narcissique. Son plus grand trait de personnalité est qu'il n'avait pas d'empathie. Aucun remord quand il devait licencier sans préavis ni indemnité un collaborateur. P.330, ses associés parlent d'un management par l'humiliation et la destruction des individus.

Il avait une incapacité à contenir ses émotions, p.373 on parle aussi de son hyperactivité, il ne pouvait pas tenir en place lors des réunions. Perfectionniste dans l'âme, voilà un trais de caractère qui lui a assuré sa réussite. Il n'hésitait pas à arrêter un projet pour tout recommencer s'il le fallait. Contrôler le moindre détail, la faille. Contrôler l'ensemble de l'objet fabriqué pour fournir le must. Tester les maquettes, les logiciel et s'entourer des meilleurs en éliminant les plus nul telle était la devise de Jobs.

On peut concevoir qu'il est plus agréable d'utiliser un Iphone que d'avoir travaillé avec Steve Jobs. Pourtant son management a fait passer une société nauséabonde en quasi-faillite à la première capitalisation boursière du monde, un exploit.

Steve Jobs a révélé les principaux problèmes des grandes entreprises. Leur conseil d'administration et les luttes de pouvoir qui empêchent l'innovation. Plusieurs services sont en concurrence, en effet par exemple le service de vente de DVD va voir d'un mauvais oeil la hausse des marges du service des vidéos en ligne. Ainsi, certaines personnes pour conserver leur pouvoir ou pour survivre vont freiner les ambitions des autres collaborateurs.

Lorsque Steve Jobs a repris les rennes d'Apple, il a demandé à l'ensemble du conseil d'administration de démissionner. Il voulait tout contrôler, virer les "nuls" et ne s'entourer que des meilleurs : c'est le prix à payer pour innover et fabriquer le produit le plus en pointe sur son marché.

Cette Biographie parle beaucoup des rouages participants à la réussite d'une entreprise.
On comprend mieux cette envie de s'exposer au caméras. Steve Jobs a été abandonné par ses parents biologiques à sa naissance. Il aura toute sa vie une blessure béante provoquée par cet abandon.

Encore une fois, on voit l'importance du binôme pour réaliser un projet d'envergure. On le constate pour Google, Microsoft etc..

C'est Vosniak en fait le génie du Binôme celui qui invente le langage informatique, le système d'exploitation et les cartes mères.

Steve Jobs est le commercial, le roi du marketing qui transformera le génie de Vosniak en Or. Ce dernier d'ailleurs confirme que sans Steve Jobs, il n'aurait jamais créé Apple ni pu commercialiser ses invention. Le coté rêveur du génial inventeur est complémentaire au coté très commercial et cinglant de Steve. Il s'agit ici du couple Magique.

C'est un livre très intéressant dans lequel on découvre les secrets de la réussite d'un homme, et les versants cachés d'une vie privée tout aussi extraordinaire.
11:11 Synchronicity Threat of Human Extinction from Elon Musk, Neuralink and Other Similar Companies by Deceiving Mankind to Merge with Artificial Intelligence Which Will Put You in Hell
11:11 Synchronicity Threat of Human Extinction from Elon Musk, Neuralink and Other Similar Companies by Deceiving Mankind to Merge with Artificial Intelligence Which Will Put You in Hell
11:11 Synchronicity Threat of Human Extinction from Elon Musk, Neuralink and Other Similar Companies by Deceiving Mankind to Merge with Artificial Intelligence Which Will Put You in Hell by Joshua Lee Rogers. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Elon Musk" category.
Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography
Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography
This is an interesting book no doubt. Branson is at his best when discussing various companies within his Virgin Group and how they were started, while his descriptions about how he makes business decisions is valuable for both establish business people and budding entrepreneurs. He is at his most dismal, however, when promulgating, in detail and even full chapters, some of his political causes and beliefs which are so left wing that at times it smacks of self indulgence as if he has to describe how liberal and truly open minded he really is. Of course, at the end of the day, life and all of its myriad of issues are a bit more complicated than that. He gives numerous pages to those he claims to have had good relations with and admires (Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - not unsurprisingly - and those apparently less stellar, Donald Trump for example), but this is not necessary, even if it's true, and detracts from the book - leaving me to wonder where his editor is at times like these.

I also find it a real stretch of the imagination when he described his trip to Vietnam in 2015 and how he “told the crowd” about his "connection" to the country. However, that connection was only as a Vietnam War protester back in the 60's and not even in the US, but in the UK. Since I’ve lived and worked for over 5 years in Vietnam, his assertion is more than a stretch, it's disingenuous.

If Branson would have toned down some of his blatant political rhetoric and also spent a bit less time writing on arbitrary domestic/family issues, it would have made for a smoother, and more insightful - albeit- shorter read. I too, like other reviewers, wish I could ask for a refund, but the time for that has expired.
Trouble
Trouble
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Trouble". It gives the reader a very forthright feel for the life of an ordinary WWII airman from his anxieties to his antics. You also witness the fears and extraordinary courage of the French underground. The book is very well researched, and the author takes care to disclose any possible inconsistencies between his research and the memories of those involved. If you enjoy the perspective of ordinary participants in great events as I do, you will love the captivating story told in this book.
Womens Air Jordan 1 Rebel XX AR5599 001 Black/White
Womens Air Jordan 1 Rebel XX AR5599 001 Black/White
Of course I should have ordered a size up but as usual the size I wanted was sold out, the shoe fits tight/ narrow. The fit us ok if you have the right socks, and don't mind the side zipper tight squeeze where the mouth of the shoe is. I didn't know the shoe laces are for looks, to get in and out there's a patent leather zipper like booties. The shoes are fly so like most Js I've gotten I deal. The material is easy to clean and looks amazing with the perfect outfit, the color is red orange btw.
DMAR Captain America Shield Marvel Legends Escudo del Capitan America for Adult 75th Anniversary Avengers capt A Shield
DMAR Captain America Shield Marvel Legends Escudo del Capitan America for Adult 75th Anniversary Avengers capt A Shield
I love the feel and the design of it. It is sturdy (not for swinging and tossing the shield around of course). The handles' material feels a bit cheap, but there is still a grip for the hands and arm. My only concern is the sight of tape on the four edges where the source of the straps begin. That's where you see the tape, and notice the plastic hooks holding the straps by a clip, each. But for what reason? If it was placed there so precisely I'm concerned to remove it and leave it at that. Nonetheless, it is perfect for display. I'd say that if you want it for display... BUY IT! If you want it for Cosplay... go for the more expensive one from Marvel (not the metal one that $300, but the other plastic one that keeps shuffling from $100-$200).
Annie's Shells & White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese 6 oz (Pack of 12)
Annie's Shells & White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese 6 oz (Pack of 12)
My family loves Annie's mac and cheese. I grew up eating it and it's a brand I've trusted to feed my children, but I am so disappointed in the decline in quality.
The boxes didn't come in the large purple box as shown in the image, but rather a shrink-wrapped pack of 12. I noticed there was a little bit of cheese powder inside the shrink wrap. That should have tipped me off. The first time I made mac and cheese from the boxes I purchased on Amazon, I pulled out three boxes for a playdate. Of the three I opened, one had a defective seal on the cheese packet. I thought that was the reason why there was powder inside the packaging and figured the rest of the boxes would be good. I was wrong. Today I went to make macaroni and cheese for my family again, and I had to open three boxes before I found one where the cheese packet was sealed. So of the first six I opened, three were defective. After discovering this, I decided to open the last 6 boxes to see if any others had broken seals. FIVE of the six had broken seals! That means that 8 out of the 12, TWO-THIRDS, were unusable. This is unacceptable!
Unfortunately, because I had boxes purchased from the store that needed to be used up, I didn't use the mac and cheese from my Amazon order right away, and it's past the return window. Even so, how can you return something when you've already opened it?
All in all, I am very disappointed with the quality of this product. I'm concerned that Annie's quality is going downhill.
I'm giving this 2 stars because we enjoyed the boxes that were not defective.
Civil Disobedience
Civil Disobedience
Here is a fiery and direct book or rather, a long essay. They should certainly be teaching this in high school civics classes (as soon as they restore the practice of teaching civics in public school.)

Thoreau wrote this in opposition to slavery and the Mexican War but it is full of parallels and lessons for us today. Most especially useful and relevant is his tracing of the responsibility, that those who vote, share for the atrocities committed by those they vote for.

If you vote in a corrupt society, Thoreau makes you a murderer, a rapist, a thief. I could not agree more and was happy to find this herein. He does not simply advocate a boycotting of the vote, however, but calls for the revolutionary overthrow of corrupt society, through the direct action and resistance of those who are just.

There is no "lesser evil" or middle ground in Thoreau's worldview. You are just, and you are actively working to overthrow the system, or you are evil.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It will take you only a few hours to read it and it will embed itself in the foundations of your political reasoning.

Though the Anarchists claim Thoreau, I think he would have favored Marx to Bakunin.
Thoreau Notecards
Thoreau Notecards
Beautiful and well crafted,the actual notecard inside is printed on sturdy card-stock that offer a clean and minimalistic quote from Thoreau. The inside of the card offers a blank white space for writing that holds up for even heavy markers without bleeding through. The back of each card gives the recipient a "tidbit" of information about Thoreau and the quotation on the front of the card.

Now the envelopes, those are a piece of artwork all of their own. The envelopes include a beautiful mountain landscape, a patch of green earth accentuated by wildflowers, a tranquil lake during fall ( Which I would love to assume is Walden Pond) and a dirt pathway lined with tall pine trees. The envelopes are beautiful, sturdy and leave a white space on the front in which you can put an address.

I love this product and fully intend on purchasing it again.
Carnal Innocence
Carnal Innocence
I discovered another Nora Roberts gem that I’d missed along the way and “Carnal Innocence” was published as recently as 2009. While it does have a romantic interest, that’s where the resemblance to a romance novel ends.

This is a complex tale of the seemingly lazy, even idyllic life in a small southern town that, in reality, doesn’t come close to being peaceful or contented after the brutal murders of several young women. The mystery and intrigue are spellbinding and the plot is rife with the complexities of the characters, especially the Longstreet family. They’re almost like royalty in the town of Innocence, especially since they own so many of the properties and businesses. The Longstreet family has been reduced to the three surviving adult children; Josie, Tucker and Dwayne.

A fourth character in this drama is Caroline, a world renown concert violinist who has taken refuge for the summer in what was her grandmother’s home. She is mentally and physically exhausted from the grueling demands of her too tightly scheduled life and she also needs an escape hatch to nurse a wounded heart caused by a cheating fiancé. When she meets Tucker she immediately recognizes the signs of a womanizer. Tucker is indeed interested in getting Caroline into his bed but sometimes the heart has different ideas. We can’t always choose who we’ll fall in love with.

This is a tantalizing tale of intrigue, small town drama, and enough twists in the mystery to keep the reader invested and guessing whodunnit. Roberts skill with the written word is no secret but this novel is, in my humble opinion, one of her best works in recent years. Her writing here is more exciting and at times even leaning towards poetic, whereas her most recent publications exhibit a very clipped, almost terse style of dialogue. Call me old-fashioned but I much prefer this writing style to the more recent. I welcome other reader’s comments on the subject. You won’t hurt my feelings if you have a different opinion so, no worries there.
Tonight and Always
Tonight and Always
I was excited to finally have this 'new' book auto-delivered to my Kindle, and I started reading it almost as soon as it arrived (I was just so glad to be over the Boonesboro trilogy!).

But as I read, I kept thinking that something must have happened to NR. The writing was so, well, bad! The characters are poorly developed, the story starts with very little background, sections bounce back and forth from one character's POV to the other's, descriptive words are repeated frequently (sometimes within two or three sentences). There were just so many basic writing flaws that the story wasn't flowing at all for me.

I tried to stick with it, thinking that it just HAD to improve. With the amount of gratuitous sex between the heroine and hero, coupled with the way the heroine swooped in and immediately found her way into the heart of the hero's orphaned niece, I thought that I was reading some weird experimental mash-up of Fifty Shades of Grey and The Sound of Music. Maybe NR was trying out some bizarre literary style?

And then I got to the chapter where the H&H go to New York. And she goes shopping at Gimbels. WHAT??? That store has been closed for decades! I quickly went to the title page and, lo and behold.... this book is 30 years old! Or nearly that anyway. And very dated. Written when Ms. Roberts was just learning the ropes, long before she'd hit her stride as the (usually) wonderful story-teller that she's become.

So.... fair warning. This book is NOT NEW. Some may like it, but I didn't. And I'm very sorry that I didn't know that it was a reprint before I spent the money for it. Buyer beware.
The Critical Prose of Alexander Pushkin With Critical Essays by Four Russian Romantic Poets (English and Russian Edition)
The Critical Prose of Alexander Pushkin With Critical Essays by Four Russian Romantic Poets (English and Russian Edition)
Northrop Frye’s “The Critical Path” openly addresses topics including the importance of literature to society, the responsibilities of critics, and the deeper rationales for studying literature.

Like two previous volumes from Frye talks at colleges or on radio (“The Well-Tempered Critic,” 1961 and “The Educated Imagination,” 1964), this book was compiled from lectures at Cornell, Indiana, California Berkley, and Duke Universities. As such it is somewhat more accessible or “friendly” than other Frye works such as “Anatomy of Criticism” that benefits from interpreters such as Robert Denham (see my review of Denham’s “Northrop Frye and Critical Method”).

Seven chapters (un-named) progress from a definition of the “critical path” (derived from business as in the most important tasks required for project or other success) as the use of literature in seeking a desired or idealized world. More specifically in Chapter 1 Frye discusses criticism as a theory of literature, recurring structural patterns and arriving at meaning. Chapter 2 deals with rise of conventions, genres, and archetypes of literature, development of language through fables and myths from oral to written resulting mythologies of concern (e.g. core beliefs, tradition, group survival) and freedom (e.g. evidence, verification, objectivity/judgement, tolerance, individual respect). Chapter 3 addresses the dialectic/tension between myths of concern and freedom, exchange in characteristics as society has progressed, defenses of poetry by Sidney and Shelly. Chapter 4 treats the conception of the prophetic poet and the function of poetry. Chapter 5 departs from historical survey to discuss the contemporary scene, social function of criticism, reinterpretation of myth against changing social context. Chapter 6 goes on to explore education in the myth of concern (via family and society) versus that of the myth of freedom (via schools and universities), alienation and recovery of the myth of concern. Finally, Chapter 7 examines the social contract, ideal/utopian literature, social coherence and freedom derived from the imaginative world along the critical path.

Some aspects of the “The Critical Path” that I found particularly interesting include Frye’s comments of his own “critical path” and his earlier work on William Blake. Then there is his acceptance of being called a “Jungian” critic due to the way he considers archetypes an essential aspect of literature. Later Frye refers to the clichés to be found in advertising and communication media. In light of these remarks it is fascinating to note his observations on Marshall McLuhan’s work particularly in that McLuhan’s book “From Cliché to Archetype” appeared around the same time (hardback late 1970, paperback 1971).

Another source for this work and reference for scholars is “The Critical Path and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1963-1975” edited by Eva Kushner and Jean O'Grady from the Collects Works of Northrop Frye. This volume is more costly, but includes 27 articles and commentary (on them) from the central period of Frye’s career. 

As all Frye books, there is much packed into this relatively small volume (176 pages) and it is well worth the effort for those interested in Frye, literary criticism and/or examining the “critical path.”
The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft (Chartwell Classics)
The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft (Chartwell Classics)
I own both the first and second B&N Complete Lovecraft editions and this is, far and away, the best of them all. I won't go into the typos that appear in both the B&N editions and this one (that's already been covered by another reviewer) but I will talk about the books themselves.

The 2008 B&N edition is rather plain and underwhelming, with basic black boards, plain purple end-papers and a rather unattractive dust-jacket. But, at the time, it was the only book that collected all (or almost all, at any rate) of Lovecraft's fiction in one volume. Plus, it was only $12.95.

The 2011 B&N reprint is a much spiffier affair. Bound in faux leather -- which, despite feeling kind of cheap-ish is still very nice -- with silver gilt edging, a satin bookmark and very cool marbled end-papers, it's definitely a step-up from the 2008 edition. I'm not personally thrilled with the design of the cover, but that's just my opinion. It sells for $18.00.

This Knickerbocker Classics edition blows them all away. The slipcase, which boasts a very well-done Cthulhu illustration, is thick and remarkably sturdy. The text on the front of the slipcase is embossed and the Cthulhu illustration is printed in silver, metallic ink. It makes for a very impressive presentation. A minor annoyance is a paper describing the book is glued to the back of the slipcase. I tried to carefully and slowly remove it and some of the paper of the slipcase began to come away with it so I guess it stays. It would be nice, however, if it were easily removed if desired. Unlike the two B&N editions which have glued bindings, this edition has a stitched binding which should hold up better over time. The cloth-bound covers are very impressive in blue and metallic silver, and there is a silver satin bookmark. The end-papers are light grey with a scale-like design, nice, but not nearly as nice as the end-papers on the 2011 B&N edition.

The paper is of a very similar stock on all three editions and is certainly on the thin side; there is a fair amount of text-bleed through the pages. But all three books in question are nearly 1100 pages so thin paper is a bit of a necessity to keep the weight and size at manageable levels.

Overall, this edition is the far superior one. The first B&N edition has cheap written all over it, plus there are the hundreds of typos to contend with. The second B&N edition is decent but the faux leather and somewhat ugly cover design doesn't do it any favors, and it ends up looking and feeling like a book that's trying to be a lot more than what it actually is. The Knickerbocker edition looks and feels elegant. It's really quite beautiful and if it cost twice what it actually does it would still certainly be worth it. A very, very nice book.
Asterix and the Secret Weapon: Album #29
Asterix and the Secret Weapon: Album #29
(Spoiler warning here.)

Produced in 1991, one of Asterix's adventures involved feminism, which is obviously not well-received in Albert Uderzo's book by most fans. But it HAS to be read carefully to appreciate the author's well-meaning message behind this outwardly unsettling story, however.

After the village's bard was kicked out of school by the local women (out of fear he would teach bad music to kids), a female bard named Bravura is invited to become the new village teacher - MUCH to the hostile disapproval of most men, of course. (Ironically, if Vitalstatistix and Getafix haven't mentioned that they're just FINE with equality between men and women, it would probably be considered an OUTRIGHT sexist statement.)

Naturally, the menfolk see the young female newcomer as a threat because she has decided to "liberate" the women of village from their traditional gender roles (ok, cleaning, looking after kids, cooking up huge roast boars for their barbarian husbands to messily devour, etc.) Not only that; Bravura also treated Asterix - the legendary hero of the village - in a very condescending way. So Asterix did a very surprising thing - by giving her a black eye!

Needless to say, this causes a great rift between the women and their menfolk, who angrily stormed out of their homes and the village altogether. But, the hidden message of the whole story is that men and women of that tiny, lone unconquered Gaulish village still LOVE each other very much and that the men also follow a very special code that they would NEVER hurt a woman, ever. Especially since these men are a band of ancient barbaric warriors who are VERY easily prone to extreme violence as shown in many of the Asterix books.

(Spoilers ahead.)

That is how Julius Caesar, the so-called "villain" of the great Asterix saga, decided to take advantage of the Gaulish "chivalry" - by sending an army of youthful, leggy girls built like Barbie dolls dressed as Roman soldiers to conquer that one last village in ancient Gaul. Ironically, the young feminist wanted PEACE, not war, so - she helped send the girls home without a single broken fingernail (personally, I would have liked to see the Gaulish women beat the stuffing out of all those pretty young things!)

Naturally, though the female soldiers initially showed potential in their fighting prowess, they still acted like stereotypical cartoon caricatures (like being afraid of bugs and loving to shop til you drop, for instance.) After all, the whole Asterix series were never politically correct to begin with (just look at these HUGE red mouths on the poor black characters, for instance!), though there are still indeed a few very prominent female characters, like the famous Queen Cleopatra, who commands immediate attention at the single snap of her fingers.

Oh, and it's also beautifully drawn as usual.
Northern Magic (The Americana Series, 2)
Northern Magic (The Americana Series, 2)
I have all of Janet Dailey's books and thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. She has a wonderful way with words that adds to the pleasure in reading her books. I love how she revealed her strong male character, who so resembles the man I married so many years ago, especially the sense of humor. The banter between the two about the comparisons of their home states of Alaska and Texas was cute, too. This book was written a long time ago before technology took over society, so it could be classified as recent historical. If you want a light, enjoyable book, choose this one.
Dragon Ball nº 10/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball nº 10/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
No creo que todos tengan el mismo problema que tengo yo. Compre este articulo hace un mes para un regalo, resulta que algunas paginas están totalmente descoloridas haciendo imposible la lectura. No lo revise cuando me llegó, pero a la hora de hacer el regalo comprobé el fallo en algunas paginas, pero ya ha pasado el tiempo para devolverlo. Mi problema ya no tiene solución pero si os decidís a comprar este articulo, revisarlo en cuanto os llegue.
Witch & Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 1 (Witch & Wizard: The Manga (1))
Witch & Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 1 (Witch & Wizard: The Manga (1))
WOW, Svetlana Čmakova got another 5-star review from my. Jeez, I adore her art...

I've never read anything by James Patterson, I think. No, scratch that: I've read Confessions of a Murder Suspect years ago and I really like that. The reason I bought this, however was Svetlana Čmakova. I didn't know anything about the series or the characters. I just delved in. And it was good.

So, there was a change of government: from now on everything will be led by the ones. The ones who judges, the one who is the one... A whole bunch of them. Apparently they are all looking for people with special powers which are witches and wizards. There are also six prophecies involved and a snitcher turned into a ferret!

The main characters are really interesting; they have weird names though. But also the boy-turned-ferret, the dog from hell and everyone else are good.

There's nothing to say about Čmakova's art: it's fantastic!
The Snow Bride
The Snow Bride
Jenna has been an executive assistant for a wealthy man for 6 years. She has been in love with him and he treated her as though she were simply a reliable part of the office equipment.

It is time for a change in her life.

She has met a man on line who is obviously her soul mate. She quits her job, packs up her life and flies to Alaska. The man of her dreams will meet her and Jenna feels sure it will be love at first sight.

When she arrives at the Fairbanks airport, her dream man is not there. But, the rude, bearded man, Reid, who sat next to her on the plane can fly her to meet the missing soul mate.

When Reid finds that the prissy woman plans to meet a slime ball he knows. He high-jacks Jenna and takes her to Snowbound – the tiny community where he lives.

This is a very quick read. It is not exactly what I expect from a Debbie Macomber story.
It seemed to me to be very simplified.

Jenna and Reid are not exactly deep characters. They are both attractive and caring and also very humorous.

The best two characters are Addy and Palmer – two members of the small population of Snowbound. They are charming and fun. These men could fill an entire volume with their ideas about how to make a buck.

This is not a really bad book. After all, it is by Debbie Macomber. But it is not one of her best.

If a reader is looking for a funny and quick read, this is a book for you.
Christmas Letters
Christmas Letters
Debbie Macomber captures the mood of Christmas, its sights, sounds, and tasty treats, in her annual holiday gift to her readers. Her likeable heroine even writes Christmas letters for other people as a "second job." Between her at-home work as a medical transcriber and hunting for the perfect job in public relations, she has found the way to make even mundane or depressing lives cheerful for the annual Christmas message to friends and families.

Heroine Katherine O'Connor (K.O. to her friends) is outspoken and brutally honest, especially when she crosses paths with renowned child psychologist Wynn Jeffries. She has been predisposed to dislike the attractive doctor's philosophy of raising free children since her own two nieces have started to run amuck once K.O.'s sister adopted his child-rearing techniques. When they do meet, there are fireworks and harsh words, but an attraction that is undeniable. They disagree on many things, but somehow they agree that they have something special. There is the inevitable break-up until both discover that love means accepting your differences and Christmas is about sharing. No great surprises in this one, but a totally enjoyable tale to add to your happy holiday mood. If you leave out cookies for Santa and visions of sugarplums dance in your head, this is a perfect addition to your holiday reading.
Little Miss Tidy (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 22)
Little Miss Tidy (Mr. Men and Little Miss Book 22)
Yes, you can find this information in the product dimensions, but unless you've ordered a bunch of these Little Miss books for a collection only to find that some are the larger book and some are the smaller book, you probably would not think to check the dimensions first.

My daughter loves all the Little Miss books. This size is nice because she can carry it around in her bag easily.
Constable
Constable
Fairly disappointed. The book has a great collection of images, but almost all of them are in black and white (out of 208 pages only 10 plates were printed in colour). If you want to study Constable's genius in using colour, this is not the one.
AQUARIUS Harry Potter Playing Cards - Chibi Themed Deck of Cards for Your Favorite Card Games - Officially Licensed Harry Potter Merchandise & Collectibles - Poker Size with Linen Finish
AQUARIUS Harry Potter Playing Cards - Chibi Themed Deck of Cards for Your Favorite Card Games - Officially Licensed Harry Potter Merchandise & Collectibles - Poker Size with Linen Finish
Genial producto, sus cartas divertidas y son distintas, diferenciadas por colores de acuerdo a la casa. Lo único que no me gusto fue que, aunque los personajes de cada símbolo (corazones, trébol, espadas, diamantes)son distintos (K, J, Q, y números), el “As” es siempre el mismo, debieron de colocar cada casa (gryffindor o slithering).
Authentic Indian Recipes
Authentic Indian Recipes
In 2 minutes, you learn how to make something new. You have to know a bit of cooking by the look and feel of the product. I made prawn biryani. It came out as appetizing as it looks in the picture and tasty too.
ECCPP Towing Mirror by Side Mirror Replacement for 1999-2007 for Ford F250 F350 F450 F550 Super Duty with Power Heated Smoke Turn Signal Telescopic
ECCPP Towing Mirror by Side Mirror Replacement for 1999-2007 for Ford F250 F350 F450 F550 Super Duty with Power Heated Smoke Turn Signal Telescopic
I installed these on my 1999 F250. My truck has the round 4 pin connector. These mirrors have a rectangular connector which has several other pins so that the turn signals, position lights and heated mirrors will work. But the manufactuer included an adapter in the box to convert form my 4 pin to the rectangular connector. My truck wasn't equipped with heated mirrors or turn signals but it's not hard to make them work. All you need is a test light (and the knowledge to use it) you can find the turn signals in the steering column wiring harness or near the headlights.

Side note: Be careful probing wires in the steering column. If you probe the airbag wires (usually the thickest wires and usually orange or yellow) you can set off your airbags.

But a quick Google search of your year make and model and you can usually find a diagram that will tell you what colors to look for and where to find them.

The position lights can be found in the dash right behind the Headlight switch. Also near the headlights in the front.

Most heated mirrors are connected to a defrost switch and automatically come on when you push the defrost button. My truck didn't have a defroster either. So you can add a simple switch (available at most parts stores) so you can switch on the heated mirrors too. All you need is 12v to the appropriate wire.

And its also easy to figure out which wire on the mirror plug is for each function. I'm not sure why the seller is so lazy as to not post the pin diagram, or at leat include a piece of paper showing what each wire is supposed to do, but again Google is your friend. I found one online in less than a minute. You can too!

If you don't care about heat or turn signals, the adapter will have you up and running in minutes.

And one more item. Many reviewers have reported the mirror having a small gap once installed. If that's the case they simply didn't tighten the nuts enough. The bolts that extrude from the new mirror are slightly longer than the factory ones. It is easy to have the mirror slightly missalligned where it seems to be tight but only lacks a slight nudge or more tightening and they will continue to tighten. Once they are all the way tight the fit is perfect.

These mirrors fold forward and backwards. They also have a much larger fish eye mirror at the bottom than the old style factory ones. And the upper mirror also seems to be a tad larger since it is not curved as much as the old ones.

Definetly a reccomend. You'll be glad you got them and your truck will even look newer!
Loctite 908570-6 Clear Silicone Waterproof Sealant, 2.7 oz. Tubes (Case of 6)
Loctite 908570-6 Clear Silicone Waterproof Sealant, 2.7 oz. Tubes (Case of 6)
This glue does exactly what its designed to do...make stuff stick together. Put this glue in a cool place away from heat and sunlight and it will last. Don't squeeze the tube like the Abominable Snowman squeezing the life out of Daffy Duck. I NEVER use the tube extension...(this stuff is EXTREMELY viscous...) If you put the extension on and try to squeeze this glue out, the tube will likely bust open at the opposite end. You might as well try to squeeze a pancake out of an eye dropper....just use the open end and have a paper towel ready to clean up whatever mess you may make. Highly recommended silicon glue that is water-proof & safe to use in aquariums.
Ubiquiti Networks Commercial EdgeRouter 12P, 10-Port Gigabit Router with 24V PoE Support on RJ45 Ports and 2 SFP Ports (ER-12P)
Ubiquiti Networks Commercial EdgeRouter 12P, 10-Port Gigabit Router with 24V PoE Support on RJ45 Ports and 2 SFP Ports (ER-12P)
Customer support is non-existent. You'll spend a month of emails with no advice in the end. Just links to existing FAQs. You may think you're smart enough not to need their support, but there may come a day when you'll need to TALK to someone at this place. And you simply will not be able to. A phone call would have cleared up an as-shipped problem in 10 minutes. You'll find ports 9-12 totally broken and inop out of the box, and no way to fix them. The other ports work as advertised, so you're really getting an 8 port router (2 of which are taken up with WAN). Please plan for that as the docs do NOT cover it, and email support can take months to get your point across.

Another big big issue - not all POE is the same. Older devices used 24V POE, which this device uses. Modern APs and cameras use 48V, which this unit does NOT support even with a different power supply. So if you're adding new APs or cameras, you'll have to forgo the POE on this thing, and ether-jump it to another switch that does support 48V - which most do nowadays. Just pray you don't need the manufacturer's support for anything, big or small.
Starwest Botanicals Organic Licorice Root Loose Cut and Sifted, 1 Pound Bulk Bag
Starwest Botanicals Organic Licorice Root Loose Cut and Sifted, 1 Pound Bulk Bag
UPDATE 03-2020 (TURKEY SOURCED - 0 STARS): I purchased this same exact product again, but this time from Swanson. This variety's latest sourcing is from TURKEY. I thought the South Africa variety was bad; just wait until the TURKEY variety hits the Amazon inventory. Unfortunately, the quality is REALLY BAD and EVEN WORSE than the previous bad sourcing from SOUTH AFRICA. The root is stale and dark with too much bark and grey fleshy areas. Tastes like bitter dry sticks. NOT SWEET AT ALL And it's also cut much courser compared to the EGYPT variety which was cut flaky and light. I had some of the Egypt variety left from a 4-5 years ago and the taste and smell of the Turkey variety is TERRIBLE in comparison. I made my usual morning tea with 2 tea spoons of this Turkey-sourced garbage which provides NO SWEETNESS in my tea - PURE BITTERNESS. Worsening quality at an ever-increasing price!! I returned the 2 bags I ordered from Swanson and reordered thinking I got some bad bags. Well the replacements are just as NASTY. I paid $12.30 per 1lb bag during Swanson's 40% OFF sale and it's still overpriced by $12.30 plus aggravation. (If interested, Swanson has a 40% OFF sale every few weeks.) I wrote a product review on Starwest's website and it was never published. As a matter of fact, the newest review for this product on their website is from 2016. Apparently Starwest DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING in terms of this product.

I'm desperately looking for a better brand. I add this to my tea daily to help with my adrenal condition. If you know of any, please comment. Thanks so much.

UPDATE 12-2018 (SOUTH AFRICA SOURCED - 1 STAR): I just received a new batch of this product and the quality is now TERRIBLE. It WAS a great product from Egypt as described in my original review. Now this product is sourced from SOUTH AFRICA. The quality, texture and taste is really bad. The texture is huge and inconsistent and the taste is stale and/or flavorless. Even the scent of the product is totally off and smells like petroleum and nothing like the beautiful Egypt-sourced licorice scent. In my original review, I said, "Starwest, please don't change the source of this stuff (Egypt) or change anything. It's perfect". Well, they messed-up.

ORIGINAL REVIEW 10-2015 (EGYPT SOURCED - 5 STARS): I'm very happy with the product. I've been buying the Frontier Licorice root for for the last few years but was never really satisfied with the quality. It always tasted stale and had a dark unusual color. This Starwest brand is more natural in color and tastes amazing, and the grind texture is flaky and airy to the perfect size which would make a perfect tea. And the bags are resealable. The best licorice root I ever tasted... I've tried a lot of brands both online and in Asian stores.. I'm sorry I didn't switch to Starwest sooner. Starwest, please don't change the source of this stuff (Egypt) or change anything. It's perfect.

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